Tramlines 2017 Picks

Tramlines 2017 is just around the corner, and with so many acts to choose from, here are a few of my acts you would be silly to miss this summer in Sheff. Buy tickets here.

Friday
Kano (8:45pm Devonshire Green)

Off the back of his recent Mercury nominated album ‘Made in The Manor’, Grime legend Kano is my pick of the headline acts on Friday.

Twin Atlantic (7pm Main Stage)

Glaswegian rock band Twin Atlantic are sure to get the main stage going on Friday night, with big hit ‘Heart and Soul’ bound to be a crowd pleaser.

Saturday

Primal Scream (8:45pm Main Stage)

Scottish indie legends Primal Scream headline the main stage on Saturday, and with such big hits as ‘Rocks’ and ‘Movin on Up’ as well as material from their latest few albums, Bobby and co. will be one of the highlights of Tramlines 2017.

Estrons  (4:45pm Devonshire Green)

Having caught Estrons live a few times now, I know that the Welsh indie rockers are one of the most energetic acts out there.

Spring King (6pm Devonshire Green)

Spring King are a great live act, with drummer and lead singer Tarek always impressive to see. Tracks like ‘The Summer’ and ‘Who Are You’ are sure to be festival highlights.

Sunday

The Big Moon  (6:15pm Devonshire Green)

Having just released their brilliant debut album ‘Love in the 4th Dimension’, The Big Moon’s stellar indie sounds are not to be missed.

Metronomy (7:45pm Main Stage)

Metronomy headline Sunday night on the main stage, and their electro-indie hits are not to be passed on; big hits like ‘The Bay’ and ‘The Look’ as well as great new tracks from ‘Summer ’08’ will make this a great closer to the festival.

Loyle Carner (4:45pm Main Stage)

Loyle Carner impressed with his Debut album ‘Yesterday’s Gone’, with his sharp wit and genuine character coming through in his verses. ‘NO CD’ is a banger.

Here’s a playlist of the best tracks from each of these artists:

 

5/5/17 New Release Roundup

Singles

Paramore – Told You So: This is the second single to be taken from Paramore’s upcoming ‘After Laughter’ album, and it is another great, poppy track with a great performance from Hayley on vocals. Shaping up to be a very promising album. 87%

Get Inuit – All My Friends: ‘All My Friends’ is an upbeat sounding single from Get Inuit, but the lyrics are far from happy. 75%

LCD Soundsystem – Call The Police: A great, but long, progressive comeback single from James Murphy and co. Despite being over 7 minutes long, the track manages to be engaging all the way through. 73%

Harry StylesSweet Creature: This is the second single from Harry’s debut, self titled album. Compared to first single ‘Sign of The Times’ this is a bit disappointing and dull, sounding like every other acoustic ballad out there. 50%

Haim – Want You Back: The first officially released single from Haim’s upcoming second album and it’s very very poppy, sounding like a cross between Haim’s first album and The 1975. 70%

Niall Horan –  Slow Hands: A change of pace compared to the first single from the Irish one off of One Direction and this track sounds like an Ed Sheeran reject. 20%

Albums/EPs

Blondie – Pollinator: The new album from Blondie is hit and miss. A few of the tracks sound over-produced and like parodies of old Blondie material, where as some tracks like ‘Long Time’ are genuinely fun. 50%       Best Track: Long Time

Lethal Bizzle – You’ll Never Make A Million From Grime EP: A great, fun EP from Lethal Bizzle. Opening track ‘I Win’ with Skepta is a great grime track, and the quality stays up there for the rest of the EP. 80%       Best Track: I Win

Mac Demarco – This Old Dog: Dull. 18%

 

 

Kendrick Lamar’s 5 best so far.

With Kendrick seemingly releasing his next studio album ‘DAMN.’ this Friday, including collaborations with U2 (ok???) and Rihanna (obvs) let’s look back at Kendrick’s 5 best tracks (in no particular order) so far.

King Kunta

Coming in fairly early on in Kendrick’s incredible ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’ album, ‘King Kunta’ has an infectious bass groove and a great spoken/sung callback thing going on with his backing singers on the track. By the time you hear the next pop, the funk shall be within you.

Alright

An upbeat cut from TPAB, ‘Alright’ features some of the best bars King K has to offer, especially on tbe incredible run towards the end of the track.

Untitled 07 levitate

For what was essentially a B Sides collection, ‘untitled unmastered’ had some great tracks on it. Untitled 07 levitate was the single taken from this collection, and the strongest track of the lot.

i

One of Kendrick’s most pop-friendly, upbeat tracks, the 2014 single ‘i’ was later featured on ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’ as a live version, which brings even more energy to the song.
The Blacker The Berry

Perhaps Kendrick’s most obviously politically charged track, ‘The Blacker The Berry’ was another stand out song from TPAB, with the Grammy performance of this song pushing it up to another level.

Outlines Festival add over 40 new acts to 2017 bill!

 

The second ever Outlines Festival have added more acts to its already impressive lineup, with the likes of Flamingods and Our Girl playing alongside already announced Jagwar Ma, Lady Leshurr, Slow Club and The Crookes.

The lineup also includes MOBO winner Nadia Rose, Hookworms and local talent including Trash and The Seamonsters.

The festival takes place in several venues across Sheffield including The Leadmill, Plug and Queens Social Club on 3rd and 4th March, with weekend tickets being available now for £20 here.

Festive Faves

I asked some pals that I interviewed what their favourite Christmas song is and why;

Kid Bookie: 

Anything I wake up and play that day, preferably Slipknot – Vermillion, because I like waking up and blaring heavy metal so it gets me in the angriest state ever, just so there’s extra ‘umpth’ when I tear open those sacks (not ball bags.)

 

Jake Houlsby:

Probably ‘I Believe In Father Christmas’ by Greg Lake cause the guitar part is really beautiful and I love that the main melody from the Troika from Prokofiev’s Lieutenant Kijé is incorporated into the song.

Caro:

Potentially ‘Santa Baby’ cause we did a fuzzy rendition of it for a radio show last year, but Bryn also enjoys Reuben’s ‘Christmas is Awesome’

 

Living Body:

Sure, might be hard for me to choose one though, I’m sort of an Xmas music expert, if you check out “juffage’s festive party” on mixcloud I have a few Xmas mixtapes!!

I guess off the top of my head, for a total classic, it’s hard to beat “white christmas” by Otis Redding.

 

James Acaster:

It’s Sleigh Ride by the Ronettes. Instantly makes me feel happy, amazing production and their vocals are perfect.

Blush: my (ben) favourite song is last christmas by wham because it bangs.

Franko Fraize:

Easy one for me. Wham’s Last Christmas. Got a lot of time for a bit of Wham. Judge me all u like. George Micheal is a proper cool fella and the video is out and out class. Proper festive with a lovely slice of 80sness.

Oscar: 

Wham- Last Christmas is my favourite Christmas song.

 It’s so perfectly melancholic and festive at the same time. It captures the feeling really well, that’s a hard task.

 

Girls Against:

Fairytale Of New York would have to be our fave.

The Seamonsters:

Is this Christmas? By the Wombats because they’re one of our favourite bands and it’s a greeeeat song! Also fairytale of New York by the Pogues because it’s a classic.

 

Peaer :

It’s “I heard the bells on christmas day” but sung by David Bazan from this compilation called “Maybe This christmas tree” other than that, general faves are Sleigh Ride, Silent Night, I saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus.